The quest by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win next month’s general election has moved to the grassroots with its launch of “Operation Deliver Your Ward” handed to councillors elected on the platform of the party.
At the PDP National Councillors’ Forum conference for the North-central zone on Thursday, the party described councillors as political foot soldiers and true grassroots mobilisers.
Deputy Director General of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Professor Tunde Adeniran, who represented the Director General of the campaign organisation, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, at the occasion said the need to use the councillors for the mobilisation of the people was because of they occupy the most strategic position among politically elected people.
“We know that you are very strategic, we know that you are very influential and we know that you are very popular among the people.
“We are launching you to win your units, win your wards, win your friends and relations and then translate that to your local government area,” Professor Adeniran charged them.
He implored them to work as if the elections are for tomorrow, adding, “when you go out as ambassadors, you are the eyes of the president and the PDP”.
The Director, Contact and Mobilisation, PDP campaign organisation, Professor Jerry Gana, whose office organised the conference, said the objective was to mobilise and train the councillors as PDP mobilisation agents.
Describing them as image makers of the party, Professor Gana told them to avoid the use of abusive language but to present President Goodluck Jonathan as the good product who has delivered on his campaign promises.
He listed the achievements of the president in the area of respect to human rights, infrastructure development, agriculture, education, water resources, health and the power sector.
“Don’t waste your time abusing people, don’t waste your time creating trouble, you have a good product to sell. You are very powerful people because you are closer to the grassroots,” Gana told them.
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Engr. Muhammed Abba-Gana, who is the grand patron of the PDP National Councillors’ Forum noted that the PDP councillors account for nearly 70 per cent of all councillors in Nigeria, comprising 6,521 members.
Abba-Gana described the PDP as a truly grassroots based pol